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Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness

"I’ve been guinea ­pigged with literally dozens of drugs, some of which knocked me out so flat that I could barely lift a spoon," poet and singer-songwriter Shira Erlichman told The Huffington Post.<p>When she finally found one that would assist in clearing the fog that clouded her mental state -- a …

A detail you may not have known about Eric Garner blossoms in poem

<i>Listen to Ross Gay read “A Small Needful Fact.”</i><p>One year and three days ago, Staten Island man Eric Garner told officers “I can’t breathe” 11 times …

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This Day in History: July 22nd- Katharine Bates and Her Little Poem

<b>This Day In History: July 22, 1893</b><p>On July 22, 1893, a young professor of English literature from Wellesley, Massachusetts named Katharine Lee Bates …

Creative Writing

John Amen Talks Poetry vs. Prose

John Amen is the author of five collections of poetry: <i>Christening the Dancer</i>, <i>More of Me Disappears</i>, <i>At the Threshold of Alchemy</i>, <i>The New Arcana</i> (with Daniel Y. Harris), and, most recently, <i>strange theater</i> (New York Quarterly Books). His work has appeared in journals nationally and internationally and …

'On the Other Side of Poems Is Often Healing'

Tyesha is a high-school student who has had a challenging home life. When an alternative spoken word class came to her school, she began the process of disentangling some of her difficult emotions through poetry. In elementary school, she was raped by her next-door neighbor, and didn't feel like …

Poetry

The Transcript Of Sandra Bland's Arrest Is As Revealing As The Video

During the traffic stop that led to her arrest and, ultimately, her death in a Texas jail, Sandra Bland repeatedly questioned the decisions of state Trooper Brian Encinia and asserted rights she said Encinia was violating.<p>A close look at the police car dashcam video that recorded the exchange shows …

Dresses

Thich Nhat Hanh: The Power Of Walking Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness – the art of focusing your attention to the present moment - is a way to develop peace and happiness in our lives according to Thich Nhat …

Meditation

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Books

Tell boys books are ‘highly inappropriate’ to get them to read, says Nick Hornby

Boys should be told not to read books as a way to get them interested, the author says<p>Boys should be told not to read books as a way to get them interested, Nick Hornby has said.<p>The author of High Fidelity says telling his son a book was “highly inappropriate” helped increase his attention for the …

Books

Suicides by cancer sufferers in Moscow are causing alarm

More than 10 people suffering from cancer have taken their lives in Moscow in the past four months, including a cardiologist and a psychology professor.<p>The most recent suicide occurred last week, when a 36-year-old man hanged himself. Many of these people were said to have been in unbearable …

Painkillers

Thousands of Muslims demand reopening Hagia Sophia as mosque (VIDEO)

Thousands of people have performed a morning prayer in front of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia museum on the 562nd anniversary of the Ottoman …